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Too Close for Comfort

Cases of Near Nuclear Use and Options for Policy

By Patricia Lewis, Benoit Pelopidas, Heather Williams, and Sasan Aghlani

Cases of near nuclear use due to misunderstanding demonstrate the importance of the human judgment factor in nuclear decisionmaking. This report applies a risk lens, based on factoring probability and consequence, to a set of cases of near use and instances of sloppy practices from 1962 to 2013.

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